‘Star Wars’ Actor, Game Show Host and Sochi Gold Medalists on Board as New ‘DWTS’ Lineup Is Unveiled

Mar 4, 2014  •  Post A Comment

ABC has taken the wraps off the lineup of celebrity competitors for Season 18 of "Dancing with the Stars," and one of the crowd pleasers on the roster is likely to be 76-year-old actor Billy Dee Williams — known as Lando Calrissian in the "Star Wars" universe.

Also in the lineup, fresh off a gold medal at the Sochi Winter Olympics, are Charlie White and Meryl Davis, the first U.S. gold medalists in ice dancing — who will now have to compete against each other instead of dancing as partners.

Comedian Drew Carey, whose other high-profile TV gig is as the host of "The Price Is Right," will also be in the competition.

The lineup features a contingent of sports figures, including 61-year-old swimmer Diana Nyad, former hockey bad boy Sean Avery and snowboarder Amy Purdy, a double amputee.

From the music world come Cody Simpson, who at 17 is the youngest competitor on the show, and James Maslow, 23, of the boy band Big Time Rush.

Two former child stars will be on hand: Danica McKellar of "The Wonder Years" and Candace Cameron Bure of "Full House." And "Real Housewives of Atlanta’s" NeNe Leakes is indeed on board, confirming speculation that she was headed to "DWTS."

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